Stations of the Green
An exhibition focusing on Turner Prize winning GSA alumnus
Douglas Gordon's demolished work 'Proof' at Glasgow Green Station.
Curated by Johnny Rodger and Mitch Miller as a GSA cross-school
A collective of artists, writers, photographers together with
sponsors The Glasgow School of Art, New Glasgow Society,The Drouth,
University of Salford, Glasgow City Council, and West, would like
to announce the opening of an exhibition in the New Glasgow Society
gallery to mark the demolition of artist Douglas Gordon's work
'Proof' at Glasgow Green Station.
Executed by Gordon in 1990 as a mural painted on the interior
remaining north and east one story walls of the abandoned Glasgow
Green railway station, it had, by the end of the decade, become
hidden from public view by the matured sprouting of bushes and
trees within the plot, and ultimately by security fences raised to
keep citizens away from the exposed drop to the tracks. In
its original state however, the walls were painted white and on the
east facing elevation in black was painted the series:
while the north facing wall bore the single word and punctuation
'mute,'. Network Rail demolished the front or west wall with the
dates on it in March 2012 sometime after high winds had brought
down the south or 'mute' wall. The empty site lies adjacent
to Templeton's Factory on Glasgow Green.
Besides display of original artefacts and images of the station,
this multimedia exhibition will encompass film, photography,
contemporary music and illustration from artists Dave Allen,
Stephen Davismoon, Peter McCaughey, Michael Mersinis, Mitch Miller,
Gordon Munro, Johnny Rodger, and Ross Sinclair.
an exhibition to mark the passing of this work
There is so much curiosity about this work, and also regret about
its passing amongst the citizens of Glasgow that we felt that some
mark of respect should be offered. It is difficult to find
information --even on the internet-about the work, what
it meant, why it was constructed, why it is gone and what actually
happened to it. The New Glasgow Society Gallery is the ideal
place to put our archive of video, written, virtual, photographic
and material effects regarding the work on display to a broad
In May 2012, working with The Drouth, The Glasgow School of Art
and the People's Palace, Mitch Miller and Johnny Rodger organised
an event to mark the demolition of Proof. In this way a
great deal of information and some artefacts were collected
together at the event. This exhibition allows us to put these
hidden treasures on display, raise the profile, and work towards
the creation of a permanent legacy to the station on Glasgow Green.
We have involvement from The Glasgow School of Art,The Drouth,
Glasgow City Council, Peoples' Palace , Salford University, and the
Glasgow Brewery WEST.
have on display:
- 2 short ( 10 minutes each) films of artists (as named above)
and writers talking about the work, demonstrating with
illustrations, artefacts etc the history and the meaning of the
- A revolving virtual 3D reconstruction of the work by
photographer Michael Mersinis.
- Some bricks and dust collected from the demolition of the
- A photographic exhibition of the destroyed work by Michael
- Original massive red sandstone blocks with carved lettering
from the original station sign.
- Panels with written analysis of the history and significance of
the work by historians and writers.
- A provocative new Project analysing the Glasgow histories which
the work may refer to and mapping the events through history with
drawings and text of and about the city.
- A specially commissioned piece of music by composer Prof.
There will be several evening events at the gallery with
speakers (including David Harding, Ray McKenzie, Bruce Peter and
Sarah Smith) who will talk about the work and related political,
social and built environment issues: we will publicise these events
as they arise.An accompanying volume,DemolitionProof,with essays
and photographs about the work will also be published and launched
at the gallery.
Event sponsored by WEST